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KB 2280

How to clean the IR Filter on your digital back

Last updated: 22-05-2018

Problem

The IR Filter should be clean before shooting.

The Phase One cleaning kit helps you remove any dirt, grease, spots or streaks on your Digital Back IR Filter

Solution

Contents of the kit:


Eclipse Fluid:

Clear liquid that contains isopropanol and deionised water.
This is to be used for cleaning. It evaporates fast without leaving any stripes/streaks on the cleaned surface.

PecPad: 

High quality 100% hydroentangled polyester wipes. Excellent for nonabrasive cleaning of filters and coated lenses. The wipe ensures an efficient cleaning procedure without leaving particles on the surface.

E-Wipes

Pre-wet tissues similar to PecPad.  this can save time since you do not have to add Eclipse to them

Scraper:

Makes it easy to wipe the Filter from edge to edge in one movement.
Must always be covered by at least two layers of PecPad. Direct contact with the Filter will scratch the surface.


Cleaning Procedure:

1. Use a hand powered dust blower (such as Giottos dust rocket) to blow any loose dust off the filter.  Do NOT use compressed or canned air!  This can break the gasket under the filter and allow dust underneath. 

2. Take a clean PecPad and fold in in half then fold the tissue over the Scraper. 

3. Make it wet with the Eclipse Fluid.

4. Wipe the across the filter with strong pressure. Wipe only one direction.

 

Cleaning Procedure Video - Use for Instruction!

 

 

 

 

Using the older DigiClean kit:

DigiClean A:

A blue liquid that contains alcohol and soap.
Removes dirt, grease, spots etc. easily and carefully from the CCD and IR-filter surface.

DigiClean B:

Clear liquid that contains isopropanol and deionised water.
This is to be used for final cleaning after using digicleaning solution A. This prevents a film of digiclean A from remaining on the CCD/IR-FILTER. It evaporates fast without leaving any stripes/streaks on the cleaned surface.

DigiTissue: 

High quality 100% hydroentangled polyester wipes. Excellent for nonabrasive cleaning of CCDs, filters and coated lenses. The wipe ensures an efficient cleaning procedure without leaving particles on the surface.

DigiScraper:

Makes it easy to wipe the CCD/Filter from edge to edge in one movement.
Must always be covered by at least two layers of DigiTissue. Direct contact with the CCD/Filter will scratch the surface.


Cleaning Procedure:

1. Take a clean DigiTissue and fold the tissue over the DigiScraper. 

2. Make it wet with the DigiClean solution A.

3. Wipe the CCD/Filter. Wipe only once - and in one direction.

4. Take a new clean DigiTissue and make it wet with the DigiClean solution B. Repeat 2-3 times before DigiClean A dries on the CCD/Filter.